Head

Spokane bishop responds to Catholic Charities racism video…

Bishop Thomas Daly. (Diocese of Spokane. ) In response to the controversy, in the Diocese of Spokane “the Annual Catholic Charities Christmas Collection will either be replaced by or taken in conjunction with the Black and Indian Missions Collection,” Bishop Daly said. SPOKANE, Wa. — Both the Bishop of Spokane and the leader of a Washington state Catholic Charities organization have spoken out about a controversial video in which the charity leader said that he, his organization, and the Catholic Church are racist, and that the Catholic Church is premised on the idea that Jesus Christ was white. “I am a racist. That’s the hard truth. I am a racist. How could I not be? As a white person living in America, where every institution is geared to advantage people who look like me, it’s seemingly...

St. Junípero Serra statue destroyed at California state capitol…

The statue of St. Junipero Serra outside the California State Capitol. (Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0).) St. Junípero Serra Statue Destroyed at California State Capitol In a July 5 statement, Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento said that while “the group’s actions may have been meant to draw attention to the sorrowful, angry memories over California’s past,” their “act of vandalism does little to build the future.” SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On the evening of Independence Day, a crowd in Sacramento tore down a statue of St. Junipero Serra, set fire to it, and beat it with sledgehammers. The statue, on the grounds of California’s state capitol, was the third figure of the missionary saint to be torn down by crowds in California in recent weeks. Sacramento’s bishop responded by saying that Serra worked t...

Pope’s Sunday Angelus: ‘Jesus invites us to go to Him and to follow Him to find solace’…

Pope Francis described the three parts of today’s gospel, a prayer of blessing and thanksgiving of Jesus to the Father in his commentary before praying the noonday Angelus with the Covid-19-restricted crowd in St. Peter’s Square. The Holy Father noted that the prayer from the 11th chapter of Matthew’s gospel opens with blessing and thanksgiving, then goes on to reveal the mystery of the Kingdom of heaven, the relationship between Jesus and the Father, and offers to give comfort to the faithful. Following is the full commentary, provided by the Vatican. Dear brothers and sisters, good day! This Sunday’s Gospel reading (see Mt 11:25-30) is divided into three parts: first of all, Jesus raises a prayer of blessing and thanksgiving to the Father, because He revealed to the poor and to the ...

‘God bless America’…

CNA Staff, Jul 3, 2020 / 11:20 am MT (CNA).- Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis each made apostolic visitations to the United States during the course of their pontificates. As the United States celebrates Independence Day, CNA remembers words to America from each of those popes: Pope Francis September 24, 2015, Address to a joint session of Congress.  ….I think of the political history of the United States, where democracy is deeply rooted in the mind of the American people. All political activity must serve and promote the good of the human person and be based on respect for his or her dignity. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are...

A warning from the Prophet Amos explains a lot of our current decline…

Continuing this small series on the decline of culture, a word from the Prophet Amos in today’s reading (Thursday of the 13th week of the year) paints a brief picture of what happens when we a nation demand that the Word of God be banished from it hearing. The picture is not complete and may need a bit of adjustment to fit our times but the basic parameters are clear. Let’s look at an excerpt from the reading and seek to apply it.  Amos has been ordered by the Amaziah, priest at Bethel to be silent and go away. This may seem astonishing coming from the High Priest at shrine of Bethel, but many of the religious leaders were corrupted and tied to political leaders more than to the Lord. Hence, Amaziah silences Amos with the authority of Jeroboam, King of Israel. Amos replies:  You ...

‘Soft despotism’ of anti-Catholicism on the rise, USCCB religious liberty chairman warns …

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami. (Wikimedia Commons.) USCCB Religious Liberty Chair Warns: ‘Soft Despotism’ of Anti-Catholicism on the Rise Archbishop Wenski cited a new wave of religious intolerance pointing to laws forbidding public funding of religious schools—overruled by the Supreme Court this week—but also in the HHS contraceptive mandate case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, and 21 year-old Jack Denton, who was removed from his student government position at Florida State University for defending Church teaching. Matt Hadro/CNA. WASHINGTON — The new leader of the U.S. Catholic bishops on religious liberty has warned of a “soft despotism” of religious intolerance in the U.S.  Archbishop Thomas Wenski told CNA that “new Jacobins” are driving Catholics from the public squ...

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, brother of Benedict XVI, dies at 96…

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger with Benedict XVI. (Vatican Media) Msgr. Georg Ratzinger Dies at 96 Benedict XVI’s elder brother, who had been seriously ill, passed away a week after the Pope Emeritus visited him in Regensburg. The brother of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, died on Wednesday at the age of 96, the diocese of Regensburg has confirmed.  Benedict XVI visited his brother in Regensburg last month after hearing he was seriously ill, and stayed in the diocese for four days during which the two brothers celebrated Mass together on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Both Joseph and Georg Ratzinger were ordained on the same day on 29 June 1951 by Cardinal Michael von Faulhaber of Munich.  Msgr. Georg Ratzinger was an accomplished musician who d...

Supreme Court rejects Montana ‘Blaine Amendment,’ says public funding for religious schools is constitutional…

Washington D.C., Jun 30, 2020 / 09:10 am MT (CNA).- The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Montana state constitution’s bar on public funding of religious institutions violates the First Amendment.  The U.S. constitution “condemns discrimination against religious schools and the families whose children attend them,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the opinion of the court in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. Religious schools must have coequal access to public aid programs with secular private schools, Roberts wrote. In the Court’s 5-4 decision, Roberts was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh. Dissenting were Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. At issue was a state scholarship pr...

“Demographic genocide”: China attacks Uighur population with IUDs, abortion, sterilization, draconian fines and concentration camps…

The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children. While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known, according to an AP investigation based on government statistics, state documents and interviews with 30 ex-detainees, family members and a former detention camp instructor. The campaign over the past four years in the far west region of Xinjiang is leading to what some experts are calling a form of “demographic genocide.” ADVERTISEMENT The state regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks,...

Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana law that would have limited state to one abortion clinic…

A placard saying, Abortion is a Human Right, is seen during the “Stop The Bans Day of Action for Abortion Rights” rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Michael Brochstein | SOPA Images | LightRocket via Getty Images The Supreme Court on Monday voted 5-4 to strike down a restrictive Louisiana abortion measure in a major win for reproductive rights activists, with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the court’s four liberals.  Justice Stephen Breyer, who authored an opinion joined by his fellow Democratic appointees, wrote that the law placed an undue burden on women seeking abortions. Roberts wrote separately to say his thinking was based on the court’s 2016 decision to strike down a similar law in Texas. The case involved a Louisiana abortio...

Pope’s Sunday Angelus: “There is no true love without the cross”…

Vatican City, Jun 28, 2020 / 06:00 am MT (CNA).- There is no true love without the cross, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sunday. Speaking from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square June 28, the pope reflected on the day’s Gospel reading, in which Jesus tells his disciples: “Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:28).  “This means following Him along the path that He Himself trod, without looking for shortcuts,” he said, according to an unofficial translation provided by the Holy See Press Office.  “There is no true love without the cross, that is, without a personal price to pay. And many mothers, many fathers who sacrifice many things to their child, and bear true sacrifices, crosses, but because they love them.” “And ...

Federal judge rules New York must give churches same consideration as protests, shopping malls during pandemic …

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 26, 2020 / 02:00 pm MT (CNA).- A federal judge on Friday ruled that New York must allow indoor and outdoor religious services in the same way it would allow mass outdoor protests, or indoor shopping malls. Judge Gary Sharpe of the Northern District of New York said that the state cannot limit outdoor religious services during the pandemic, provided that attendees follow social distancing requirements. For indoor services, he said, the state has to make the same allowances for churches as it does for other businesses. The judgement follows a lawsuit filed on behalf of several different religious groups by the Thomas More Society. No Catholic diocese or parish was party to the suit. The New York State Catholic Conference, which represents the bishops of the sta...